Know Before You Go: Shift in Argentina, COP21, and Don’t Ruin Star Wars

Here are the Top Five News Stories that caught our eyes this week:

  1. Macri Takes Office as Argentinian President Refuses to Attend Ceremony
    Mauricio Macri
    President elect Mauricio Macri (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: Former President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner flat out refused to attend the ceremony where President-Elect Mauricio Macri would officially come to power. The reason? Macri wanted to hold the ceremony somewhere Kirchner didn’t like. Kirchner and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, had held power since 2003; both had received the presidential sash and baton in Congress. Fernandez insisted that it was a tradition and it must be followed. However, Macri argued that presidential protocol stated that the handover should be at the presidential palace, the way that it had happened before 2003, when Kirchner’s husband took power. There were also concerns that Kirchner’s followers could disrupt the ceremony in Congress, where her left-wing supporters still hold a majority.
    • Why You Need to Know This: Macri one of several new leaders in Latin America that are bringing around a new era of change. Many Latin American countries have been under the same political leadership for several decades. Kirchner’s exit speech urged her supporters to take to the streets if they weren’t satisfied with the election results. But as more countries follow Argentina’s model, Latin America could be in for a huge political shift.

      Fernandez, with bust of her husband, Nestor Kirchner behind her
      Kirchner with a bust of her husband that she unveiled on the last day of her presidency (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • Office Top Tip: Elections in every country are different. The time after elections are also different; with a brand new party in power and Kirchner urging her supporters to take to the streets, things could get scary in Argentina. It is important in this situation, and in every power shift, to be aware of your surrounding and to not get involved in any political strife.
  2. Trump Under Fire
    Trump is an Idiot
    Republican candidate Donald Trump (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: After the shootings in San Bernardino, California last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that all Muslims should be banned from entering the United States. This put Trump under a hail of fire from Democrats and Republicans alike. Republican candidates called Trump’s statement ridiculous and dangerous, with even the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan condemning Trump. The UK has a petition running that wants Trump banned from entering the United Kingdom. Trump has also postponed his trip to Israel until he becomes “President of the U.S.”. For more on these stories, visit the following links: Trump’s statement on banning Muslims from immigrating to the U.S.-; Republicans Against Trump-UK Petition Ban-; Scotland takes a stand-;
    • Why You Need to Know This: Let us get one fact straight right away: The killers in San Bernardino were not Syrian immigrants. Syed Rizwan Farook was born in Chicago, IL and had lived in the U.S. for his entire life. His wife, Tashfeen Malik was from Saudi Arabia. What Trump is saying has much of the country up in arms, almost literally. But you need to know this because Trump is causing major headlines around the world. You need to be able to talk about Trump and his beliefs and compare them with yours.

      GOP Polls
      GOP Primary Race (Image Courtesy of ABC)
    • Office Top Tip: Information is always the best strategies. Know his stance, know the facts more. Your opinion is important, but the facts are just as important.
  3. COP21 Climate Change Deal
    Prediction of global warming increase by 2100 (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: For almost three weeks, the United Nations’ Conference of Parties (COP) met for the 21st time in an attempt to come together to battle climate change. On Sunday, an astronomical deal was signed; the deal between the countries is the first in history that is an attempt to cut carbon emissions and limit the global rise in temperature to less than 2˚C (35.6˚F). Developing countries such as India and China have agreed to this deal, which means that China will have a lot of work to do after their Red Alert smog issue over the past week. $100 billion will be given to developing countries per year by 2020, so that they can work towards these goals. For more information on this story, visit
    • Why You Need to Know This: Climate change has been a hot topic of discussion over the past years. This is a very big step forward in the preservation of the earth for future generations. Many major countries are involved in this deal, including the U.S., France, and Great Britain. With money going towards improving emissions in developing countries such as China and India, it is clear that this is a long-term, world-wide goal. It isn’t just a quick fix. Countries are very dedicated to this deal, with negative impacts prepared if countries who signed the deal do not follow through.

      Temperature changes from 1986-2005 compared to 2081-2100 if emissions continue as they have (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • Office Top Tip: With the world ready to deal with climate change, it is important to watch the way the world reacts. It is important to watch how our countries and countries that you visit will adjust their emissions.
  4. Final GOP Debate of the Year
    Cruz and Rubio
    GOP Candidates Cruz and Rubio in intense debate (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: In the last GOP debate of the calendar year, the focus was held on national security. With Donald Trump defending his ban on Muslims entering the US, Jeb Bush, brother of former president George W. Bush, attacked him at every angle, saying “ You’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency”. This is the first debate since the attacks in Paris and in California. Despite the focus on national security and foreign policy, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio fought over surveillance and immigration policies attacking each other over their prior voting stances. The audience got very involved in this debate, from cheering and jeering during candidates’ talks to heckling Trump. For more information on this story, visit
    • Why You Need to Know This: This was the chance for the GOP to seriously get down to business over national security issues. They had a chance to talk about IS and the attacks they committed around the world; they also had a chance to talk about Trump’s plans to cut Muslims from coming into the U.S. It was an interesting debate to say the least. One of these candidates will become the Republican nominee for President; it is important to pay attention to these debates.

      Trump and Bush
      Trump and Bush (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • Office Top Tip: Get both sides of the issue. The last Democratic debate of the year is this coming Saturday.
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Debuts
    Promotional Images for Star Wars (Image Courtesy of the BBC)
    • What You Need to Know: On Monday night, the new Star Wars movie debuted, re-launching the George Lucas Franchise that has been silent for several years. In the interest of not revealing any spoilers to our readers and to our staff (who is anxiously waiting to see the movie), this is all we are saying about this story.
    • Why You Need to Know This: This global phenomenon has been anticipated since the moment of its announcement. With the world premiere Monday, the rest of the world is waiting to see it for themselves this coming week.
    • Office Top Tip: DO NOT REVEAL ANY SPOILERS. This is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and ruining it for others is not something you want to do.


Check back next week for more news so you can Know Before You Go!

All stories are based off of information gather from CNN, the New York Times, The Guardian, The BBC, and the Telegraph.


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